Charities get free advice during Small Charity Week

Experts in the voluntary sector offered their expertise to 55 charities during the week's Big Advice Day at London's Royal Horticultural Halls

Small Charity Week
Small Charity Week

Fifty-five charities received more than 160 hours of free advice from voluntary sector professionals as part of Small Charity Week, which ended on Saturday.

The Big Advice Day, which took place at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London last week, involved charities getting free advice from voluntary sector experts on subjects including Gift Aid, social media, mergers and online fundraising.

Small Charity Week is organised by the charity the Foundation for Social Improvement,  which was set up by Emma Harrison, former chair of the public services company A4e, to provide support and advice to charities with incomes of under £1.5m

The FSI also published a report as part of the week – it concluded that small charities have weak relationships with commissioners.

The report is based on a survey of 239 small charities. It says that 3 per cent of charities said they were very confident they could compete in new areas of procurement, while 22 per cent were fairly confident. But 22 per cent were fairly unconfident, and 9 per cent were very unconfident. Another 33 per cent said they were neither, and 11 per cent said they did not know.

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